Kahlen Spaulding says her new position as director of Pupil Services and Special Education in the Clintonville School District is “currently her dream job”. She began working for the district on Sept. 12.
Spaulding, who is in the process of moving to Clintonville, earned her Bbchelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in special education and general education. She went on to earn her master’s degree from the same university, and is currently pursuing a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Spaulding taught for one year in Green Bay and then moved to her home town of Winneconne, where she spent six years teaching at the middle school. She spent the last two years working at the Middleton/Cross Plains School District, where she served as a dean and special education coordinator.
“I heard about the job opening in Clintonville, and I applied for it,” said Spaulding. “This is currently my dream job, and I’m thrilled that I was selected.”
On the pupil services portion of her job, Spaulding will work with school nurses, social workers and guidance counselors to make sure the social and emotional needs of all students are met. She also plans to work collaboratively with parents, community members and staff to make sure all wellness needs are addressed.
On the special education side, Spaulding said she is evaluating current practices and their impacts. Once complete, she will work with staff members on an outline that allows them to move forward and meet district goals.
“After reviewing state and district data as it relates to special education, I see that we have areas that require attention,” she said. “We have a wonderful group of committed staff members, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to make the necessary adjustments to increase student performance and learning. We want all students to learn, and we need to provide everyone with rich educational opportunities.”
Spaulding said one of her main goals is to give students and staff the resources they need to meet district goals. She also plans to work with teachers to see if there are different ways to use the resources that are available.
Another of Spaulding’s goals is to support staff members and their professional development, which she says will allow them to meet the growing needs of students.
“I’m happy to be closer to my family and friends,” stated Spaulding. “I look forward to getting acclimated to the community. I’m excited to have my dogs back with me soon—they’ve been on ‘vacation’ while I’ve been in the process of moving to Clintonville.”
Spaulding concluded by saying she is excited to grow within the Clintonville Public School District.
“Special education is my passion,” she said. “I couldn’t see myself doing anything other than working in special education. This is my first role as a director, and I’ve got lots to learn. I can’t think of a better place to work and grow than in Clintonville.”